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Cascades, The

Rhythm Of The Rain provided The Cascades with a worldwide hit in 1962, and became the ninth most-played song on radio in the 20th century. With...

Powder

San Mateo anglophiles Rich and Tom Martin pursued a different musical path to many after the Beatles epiphany they shared with millions of other...

Freddy Cannon

Freddy Cannon was born Frederick Anthony Picariello in Boston (USA) on 4 December 1940. Signed by producers/songwriters Frank Slay and Bob Crewe to Swan Records...

Cortinas, The

Hailing from Bristol, The Cortinas formed in 1976 and started out as one of the dozens of post-Sex Pistols 'ramalamadolequeue' bands, replete with genuine...

Spizz

Midlander Kenneth Spiers, aka Spizz, is to many people largely identified by the one song, Where's Captain Kirk? (1980). But few artists can have gone to as...

Elgins, The

The Elgins were a quartet - three males (two of whom had originally signed to Motown as part of The Downbeats) and female lead...

Metros, The

Big on the Northern Soul scene but little-known outside of it, The Metros from Detroit honed their exquisite harmonies in their school's bathroom and...

Flesh For Lulu

Formed in Brixton, London, in 1982, Flesh For Lulu brought a warmer rock sound to Goth. No doomy vocals or icy guitar sound -...

Discharge

The Discharge album Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing (1982) contained the fiercest music ever heard when it was first released. Formed in 1977, their brutal assault...

Subhumans

Formed in 1980, Wiltshire anarcho-punk legends Subhumans raged against the Orwellian nightmare of Thatcher's Britain on classic albums like The Day The Country Died (1983) and From The...

Bad Brains

Widely regarded as pioneers of the whole US hardcore movement, the four Rastafarians from Washington DC known as Bad Brains may well have been...

Stone Poneys, The

The Stone Poneys are now remembered only as Linda Ronstadt's first group. But although she quickly overshadowed her colleagues and assumed top billing, when their...

Gentle Soul, The

While much folk-rock (and rock in general) was getting noisier and more psychedelic in the late 1960s, a few Los Angeles folk-rockers were moving...

Bubble Puppy

Making their debut opening for The Who in San Antonio in 1966, Texans Bubble Puppy jammed with Townshend and co prior to the show...

Deep Feeling

Formed in Birmingham in 1966, Deep Feeling were the band with which a then-unknown Jimi Hendrix sat in when he first arrived in London. Their...

Flirtations, The

Girl group The Gypsies migrated from the USA to England in 1967, changed their name to The Flirtations and got most things right: a...

Farinas, The

The Farinas were formed by rock guitarist Richard John Whitney while attending Leicester Art College in 1962. Playing rhythm and blues in local venues, the...

Dave Warner’s From the Suburbs

Dave Warner was born in Bicton, Western Australia, in 1955 and was educated at Aquinas College and the University of Western Australia, graduating with...

Digby ‘Dig’ Richards

Australian singer Digby George Richards was born in Dunedoo in New South Wales on 12 September 1941. Digby (or 'Dig' as he was better known)...

Jesse Winchester

James Ridout "Jesse" Winchester was born on 17 May 1944 in Shreveport, Louisiana. His father, stationed there as an Air Force major at the...

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Digby ‘Dig’ Richards

Australian singer Digby George Richards was born in Dunedoo in New South Wales on 12 September 1941. Digby (or 'Dig' as he was better known)...

Power Pop

While it is very easy to dismiss this sub-genre of music, the fact remains that power pop (even at its most commercially manipulated) had...

Little Willie John

Co-penned by Otis Blackwell (an early songwriter for Elvis), Fever was the song which took Little Willie John into the pop charts in 1956. Two years later, Peggy Lee re-recorded...

Love Sculpture

Love Sculpture evolved out of a band called Human Beans which had formed in Wales in 1967. After releasing one single, Morning Dew (1967) on Columbia, they...

Young Marble Giants

Formed in 1978, the band took its name from a book on Greek sculpture and their cues from Kraftwerk and The Velvet Underground. An elusive simplicity became the...

Screaming Tribesmen, The

The Screaming Tribesmen emerged from Brisbane (Australia) in 1981, from the remnants of two bands, The Fun Things and The 31st (these bands also...

Boyz II Men

The 80s had seen the New Jack Swing sound of R&B acts like New Edition and Keith Sweat sell massively, but it took Boyz...

Young Homebuyers

Young Homebuyers hailed from Adelaide, Australia, and pivoted around the songwriting team of Nigel Lawrence and Greg Williams, who met at high school. In their...